Alabama—Auburn: The Iron Bowl is Not Just a Game, It’s in Our Blood

Posted by Franklin Crittenden on November-22-2009 Add Comments

My first recollections of just how important the Iron Bowl really was to me was the day that Alabama lost to Auburn in 1972 in the famous "Punt Bama Punt " game.

In that game, Alabama held a 16-3 lead with only six or seven minutes left on the clock. Auburn blocked two punts in the closing minutes to win the game 17-16. The game is still held by Auburn fans in high esteem.

That was the first time I remember actually being taunted by the other kids in school who were Auburn fans. It was also the first time I remember not liking Auburn or Auburn fans. That resentment lives on even until this day.

In 1972, I was just a teenager and even though I was already an Ala...

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